NEW DELHI: Actress Carmen Maura has been presented with the Donostia Award at the 61st San Sebastian Film Festival.
The event which was held in Spain presented pays tributes to the ones with an outstanding professional careers in Spanish cinema in the last few decades.
The actress received her lifetime achievement award during the out-of-competition Official Selection presentation of her latest participation, Las brujas de Zugarramurdi directed by Álex de la Iglesia.
Las brujas de Zugarramurdi is a delirious frenetic comedy featuring three desperate men who hold up a gold-buyers shop in the Puerta del Sol and then make a madcap getaway heading for Disneyland accompanied by the son of one of them. However, at the French border, they fall into the hands of some Basque witches who keep up the age-old custom of practising witchcraft and making fun of men. The film is the third time that Carmen Maura has worked with Álex de la Iglesia after her performances in La comunidad (Common Wealth, 2000), which won the actress the Silver Shell at the San Sebastián Film Festival, and 800 balas (800 Bullets, 2002). The cast of the film is completed by Hugo Silva, Mario Casas, Jaime Ordóñez, Macarena Gómez, Carolina Bang and Terele Pávez.
Maura was born in Madrid and started out as an actress in the theatre and small roles on television & films. She shot to fame thanks to the programme on TVE, Esta noche, directed by Fernando García Tola.
Among the numerous acknowledgements that she has received throughout her career, Maura has won four Goya Awards (for Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios, ¡Ay Carmela!, La comunidad and Volver), the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival (for Volver), the Best Actress Award at the Venice Film Festival (for Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios), a nomination for the César for Best Actress (for Le bonheur est dans le pré), a César Award for Best Supporting Actress (for Les femmes du 6ème étage) and two European Film Academy Awards (for Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios and ¡Ay, Carmela!). She has also received the Film Academy Gold Medal, the Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts and the Knight of Honour Medal of the Order of Arts and Letters of France.
The San Sebastian Festival commenced on 20 September with the opening gala at the Kursaal Auditorium presented by the actors Cayetana Guillén Cuervo and Unax Ugalde.